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19th February 2014 - Quoted by Burak Bekdil, Hurriyet

How (Not) to Do Business with NATO

Jonathan Schanzer

In April 2009, military teams from Turkey and Syria crossed the border and visited outposts during joint military drills. That was the first time a NATO army...

14th February 2014 - The National Interest

Stand Up to Turkey’s Crackdowns

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Turkey’s democracy is sinking. To fend off a corruption scandal, the government has launched an assault on the independence of the judiciary and police, freedom...

1st November 2013 - National Interest

Is Turkey Abetting Iran?

Jonathan Schanzer

David Ignatius of the Washington Post dropped a bomb earlier this month, citing unnamed sources claiming Turkey “disclosed to Iranian intelligence the identities of up to ten Iranians who had been meeting inside Turkey with their Mossad case officers.”

18th October 2013 - Quoted by Oren Dorell, USA Today

Turkey Outing of Mossad a Betrayal, Say Former Spies

Reuel Marc Gerecht, Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey's outing of agents for Israel spying on Iran is a major blow to Western agencies trying to gather intelligence on an Iranian nuclear bomb and shows the NATO...

17th September 2013 - Foreign Policy

Thorn in the Side

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey is a member of NATO and an aspiring member of the European Union -- but it has one alliance that sets it apart from its Western counterparts...

2nd September 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Team Hits Base at Border Crossing with Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched another suicide assault, this time against a joint Coalition and Afghan base in Torkham at the border crossing with Pakistan.

28th August 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Launch Suicide Assault on ISAF PRT in Ghazni

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched two suicide attacks on Coalition forces in Afghanistan today, including an assault on the Provincial Reconstruction Team base...

22nd August 2013 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Military Claims Dual-Hatted Taliban and al Qaeda Leader Killed in ISAF Airstrike

Bill Roggio

An Afghan Army spokesman claimed that Qari Zia Rahman, a wanted Taliban leader who is also known to be a leader in al Qaeda, was killed in a Coalition...

31st July 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Step Up Operations in the North, ISAF Buries Head in Sand

Bill Roggio

Last September, President Barack Obama claimed that the US-led military effort had "broken the Taliban's momentum in Afghanistan, and begun...

2nd July 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Launch Suicide Assault Outside Base in Kabul

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed credit for today's early morning suicide assault that targeted a base in eastern Kabul and killed seven people. A small suicide assault team...

23rd June 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban’s Shadow Governor for Nuristan Again Reported Killed in Airstrike

Bill Roggio

Afghan officials are again reporting that Sheikh Dost Mohammed, the Taliban's shadow governor for Nuristan province, has been killed in a US drone strike in Kunar province.

15th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Facilitator Targeted in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

Coalition and Afghan special operations forces targeted an al Qaeda facilitator in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar yesterday. He is the ninth al Qaeda operative...

11th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Launch Suicide Assaults in Kabul, Qalat

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched two suicide assaults in Afghanistan today, one at the international airport in Kabul, and another in the capital of the southeastern province of Zabul.

8th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Soldiers Kill 2 ISAF Troops, Civilian in Latest Insider Attack

Bill Roggio

Afghan soldiers opened fire on US troops in eastern Afghanistan today, killing two US soldiers and a civilian, and wounding three other Americans. The attack took place...

17th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Targets al Qaeda Facilitator in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

During a raid in Nuristan province on May 15, Afghan and Coalition special operations forces targeted a senior Taliban leader who is known to assist members of al Qaeda in Afghanistan...

10th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

‘Iranian Citizens’ Reported Killed in ISAF Airstrike

Bill Roggio

Last week, Afghan news outlets reported that ISAF aircraft killed a Taliban commander, two "Iranian citizens," and several fighters in an airstrike in the Pusht Rod district...

8th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Launches Multiple Raids Against IMU as Fighting Season Heats Up

Patrick Megahan

Since the beginning of May, Afghan and Coalition forces have launched five operations targeting the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in the northern province of Baghlan.

5th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Kills 2 ‘Arab’-Linked Commanders in Nuristan

Bill Roggio

Coalition and Afghan forces killed two "Arab"-linked insurgent commanders, a wanted Saudi and an Afghan, during two separate raids in the Waygal district of Nuristan province...

4th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Soldier Kills 2 ISAF Troops in Latest Green-on-Blue Attack

Bill Roggio

An Afghan soldier killed two NATO troops in an attack in western Afghanistan today. The attack is the sixth green-on-blue, or insider attack, in which Afghan security...

2nd May 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Targets ‘Insurgent Leader’ Linked to Haqqanis, Pakistani Taliban, and ‘Arabs’

Bill Roggio

Coalition and Afghan special operations forces targeted a "senior insurgent leader" with links to the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, the Haqqani Network, and "Arabs" operating...

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